Wikipedia:WikiProject Abandoned Drafts

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Welcome to WikiProject Abandoned Drafts. Several Wikipedians have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's use of article drafts left in retired users' subpages and in Draft space. The project seeks to organize information and articles on this topic. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the topic. If you would like to help, please join the project, inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list below.


  • To better organize and work toward having userspace drafts of previously abandoned and uncreated articles eventually introduced into the mainspace.
  • To eliminate unsuitable material from Draft and Userspace

The purpose of Wikipedia is to build out mainspace with as many qualified topics as possible. There is no mandate to build a shadow Wikipedia of unqualified and unsuitable topics in Draft and Userspace preserved and maintained for perpetuity. Project Abandoned Drafts plays an important role in building Wikipedia by bringing forward material that will further Wikipedia's goals.

There are two main kinds of pages identified as "drafts" in Wikipedia. "Good Drafts" are works in progress that have potential to be future mainspace articles, or sometimes material that can be used to improve existing mainspace articles. Project participants are encouraged to identify and take action to move these "Good Drafts" forward toward mainspace. "Bad Drafts" are pages that are essentially forever unsuitable for mainspace for various reasons. "Bad Drafts" may be simply blank, vandalism, attack pages, topics with no chance of notability, duplicates of mainspace pages, WP:NOTAWEBHOST violations and other problematic pages.

Given the tens of thousands of pages considered "drafts", finding Good Drafts and making them accessible for improvement and promotion to mainspace is not easy because they are surrounded by Bad Drafts. Therefore the identification and deletion of unsuitable "drafts" is a critical part of the process of improving the encyclopedia.


Any drafts that are created by users who are deemed inactive, and which have no equivalent article in mainspace. Drafts can be in the following places:

This project also allows the donation of drafts from users who do not feel like they are up to finishing them or have lost interest in the subject of the draft.


  • Only move article drafts that have not been edited for a considerable period of time. They can be moved into the article namespace if they are worthy of publication immediately, into the draft namespace to encourage colabertive improvement, or to your userspace if you intend to adopt them.
  • Do not take drafts from active users. If the draft has been stale for an exceptional amount of time, however, feel free to leave a note on the active user's talk page asking if they plan on finishing the draft. (The {{Uw-userspace draft finish}} may help.)
    • Before dealing with any draft, make sure there is no equivalent article already in the mainspace. If so, it may require a history merge (if the article was created as a copy-and-paste move from the draft) which can be requested or Wikipedia:Requests for history merge or it can be listed for deletion, usually per WP:UP#COPIES, or just redirected at the mainspace topic.
  • Make use of Wikipedia:Miscellany for Deletion to delete problematic pages and assist in handling pages nominated by other editors.

Stale userspace drafts[edit]

Category:Stale userspace drafts contains userspace drafts that have not been edited for over a year. It is populated through the {{Userspace draft}} template. Only the pages with the template will appear in this category.

  1. If you find a page in this category that is not an attempt at a draft, remove the invocation of {{userspace draft}} from the page.
  2. Pages that are clearly vandalism, attack pages, unambiguous advertising or promotion, copyright infringements, or only contain the article wizard text should be speedily deleted.
  3. If you find a draft that is clearly on a non-notable topic and has no conceivable potential for an article, nominate it for deletion at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion if you can't speedy delete it (think U5 if the user did little else).
  4. For drafts on which a corresponding article already exists in the mainspace, check the histories of both the pages to see if a history merge is required. If yes, tag the article with {{histmerge|Draft page name}}. If not, redirect the draft page to the article.
  5. Where an inactive user's user page has been used for drafting or testing and the page is neither problematic or useful consider replacing the contents of the user page with {{Inactive userpage blanked}} or {{userpage blanked}} and notify the inactive user with {{subst:uw-staleuserpageblanked|Page blanked}} ~~~~ or just blank the page to remove it from the maintenance category and avoid further housekeeping efforts.
  6. If you find a draft that is on a clearly notable topic, ensure the evidence of notability is cited, and, if the user is active, enquire with the creator why they are not moving it. Check first whether the topic is already covered in another article, and if so, whether it should be merged. Consider moving the page to the mainspace yourself, or tag it with {{subst:submit}} so that an AfC reviewer can review it.
  7. If you find a draft that is on a borderline notable topic, enquire with the page creator, if active, why they are not working upon it. {{subst:Uw-userspace draft finish|Page name}} ~~~~ can be placed on their talk page. If the user is inactive, consider bringing the draft to the attention of associated WikiProjects, or to WikiProject Abandoned Drafts. You may also consider improving the draft yourself.
  8. If the topic looks notable and is not covered in mainspace, but you are not comfortable readying it for mainspace, then move it to a suitable title in Draft space to expose it to more editors and encourage improvement, as long as the user is either active and happy for you to do this, or appears to have retired with no likelihood of returning to Wikipedia. (Be mindful of the more general #Guidelines above, and of the conventions about editing within other users' userspaces.)
  9. For topics already covered in mainspace placing a redirect on the userpage is a good idea. Sometimes the title makes a good redirect so you can move the title to mainspace and redirect it.

Open tasks[edit]

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject Abandoned Drafts:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Other : Work on the Stale userspace drafts drive to review old drafts.
    • Begin working with people in order to find users that wish to donate unfinished drafts to the project.
    • Begin looking for users who wish to adopt one of the drafts in order to complete them.
  • Add {{Userspace draft}} template to userspace drafts that don't have it. This will bring them forward to make them easier to find.


Please feel free to add yourself here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

  1. Silver seren (talk · contribs) I will work on expanding and improving this Wikiproject. SilverserenC 04:24, 13 July 2011 (UTC)
  2. North8000 (talk · contribs) I'll help if I see a topic which I'd be good at, which I'm afraid might be rare. :-) North8000 (talk) 10:49, 13 July 2011 (UTC)
  3. Ebe123 (talk · contribs) I'll work on it. ~~EBE123~~ talkContribs 19:55, 13 July 2011 (UTC)
  4. Guerillero (talk · contribs) If something perks my interest I will work on it --Guerillero | My Talk 15:54, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
  5. Milowent (talk · contribs) I love the concept, if something interesting strikes my fancy I'll help out! I am sure there are some nuggets out there among the self-written BLPs and other fluff.--Milowenttalkblp-r 18:47, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
  6. Mabdul (talk · contribs) I will try to improve the technical drafts for getting into mainspace, and organisation of this project. mabdul 09:35, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
  7. Nolelover (talk · contribs) Like Milowent says, the concept is fascinating. Thanks to EBE for pointing me here. I'm decent at wikification and overall formatting. Nolelover Talk·Contribs 14:49, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
  8. Ryan Vesey (talk · contribs) I am a little booked in behind the scenes work so I won't do much "project work" but I will be happy to take on some of the unfinished drafts.15:00, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
  9. Sumsum2010 (talk · contribs) I'm busy at the moment, but this does look interesting and like something I can do. Sumsum2010·T·C 19:00, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
  10. Nathan2055 (talk · contribs) I think I can do this. After all, it's like AfC with potential barnstars! --Nathan2055talk - review 20:06, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
  11. Jonjonjohny (talk · contribs) I primarily do things like music-related articles, but I see myself contributing if something I like appears. Jonjonjohny (talk) 16:43, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
  12. NotinREALITY (talk · contribs) I'm willing to complete or review any technical or communications based projects / pages. NotinREALITY 11:10, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
  13. User:Lucimundatene89 I'm willing to work on computer(/tablet/etc.) articles. May help with others. Lucimundatene89, formerly Aroni125 (talk) 08:49, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
  14. Mistress Selina Kyle (Α⇔Ω ¦ ⇒✉) 19:39, 17 February 2012 (UTC) — Per [1] -.- and in general Wikipedia:Systemic_bias#The_.22average_Wikipedian.22, meta:Gender gap, Wikipedia:WikiProject_Feminism and Wikipedia:WikiProject_Gender_Studies all stuff that Wikipedia kinda leaves by the wayside usually due to the atmosphere (support wp:WikiLove)...
  15. John Vandenberg (talk · contribs) Australian drafts
  16. AuthorAuthor (talk · contribs) I would like to help with some unfinished drafts, mainly related to biographies, books, music, and media. 15:42, 9 November 2013 (UTC)
  17. --User:SmartyPantsKid 18:03, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
  18. Northamerica1000 (talk · contribs) 06:38, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
  19. Ricky81682 (talk · contribs) I am working through the backlog at Category:Userspace drafts created via the Article Wizard and looking for decent stuff to adopt or move to mainspace. -- 19:15, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
  20. PNGWantok (talk · contribs) Working through a backlog at Category:Stale userspace drafts and nominating stale unusable drafts for deletion. We need a way to categorise usable drafts too. PNGWantok (talk)
  21. Fevrret (talk · contribs) Help with unfinished drafts, related to music. - 19:28, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
  22. Casseb (talk · contribs) Help with unfinished drafts
  23. ThaddeusB (talk · contribs) I am primarily interested in saving via drafts that have been abandoned. 15:57, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
  24. Fritzmann2002 (talk · contribs) This is a very interesting project, and I hope to contribute to the Articles that need to be Adopted list
  25. Anne Delong (talk · contribs)
  26. Sam Sailor (talk · contribs)
  27. MrLinkinPark333 (talk · contribs) I'm currently going through the stale userspace drafts as well. --MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 01:08, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
  28. Legacypac (talk · contribs). I've been working stale drafts for a while so adding name to list. Legacypac (talk) 23:54, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
  29. faratel110 (talk · contribs). I'm busy at the moment, but this does look interesting and like something I can do. Faratel110 (talk) 18:16, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
  30. hwdirre (talk · contribs). This is something I'm doing anyway. Contact me for Taiwan/Southern Japan drafts, railway drafts, or materials science. Related subjects work too.hwdirre (talk) 17:26, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
  31. Aamri2 (talk · contribs). Helping with finishing any drafts that I can find sources for.Aamri2 (talk) 14:50, 14 May 2017 (UTC)
  32. UnitedStatesian (talk · contribs) Abandoned articles on companies/businesses. 20:02, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
  33. SophisticatedSwampert (talk · contribs) Helping finish old drafts. SophisticatedSwampert let's talk about that 18:33, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
  34. Insertcleverphrasehere (talk · contribs) Helping review old drafts that need deletion/keeping. — InsertCleverPhraseHere (or here) 04:16, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
  35. PrussianOwl (talk · contribs) Salvaging and improving drafts, and preventing loss of usable information on the wiki. 05:32, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
  36. Curb Safe Charmer (talk) 04:42, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
  37. Compassionate727 (talk · contribs) I'll be working on going through the backlog, moving viable drafts to the mainspace and deleting (via CSD or XfD) those which are not. Compassionate727 (T·C) 14:36, 25 April 2018 (UTC)
  38. AmericanAir88 (talk) 14:52, 1 August 2018 (UTC) Working the backlog.
  39. JC7V7DC5768 Looking to continue helping improve articles to meet Wikipedia standards, even abandoned drafts. JC7V-constructive zone 05:05, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
  40. Bbarmadillo --Bbarmadillo (talk) 19:47, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
  41. William01pd2018 (talk) 2:22, 12 September 2018 (UTC) Want to do my part.
  42. CoolSkittle (talk · contribs) Eliminating bad drafts, filling in refs and fixing grammar and spelling on good drafts. 14:59, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
  43. DannyS712 (talk · contribs) Fixing references, taking over stale drafts that I want to work on --DannyS712 (talk) 07:37, 23 December 2018 (UTC)
  44. Robert McClenon (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) Going through the list of abandoned drafts, declining or rejecting most of them, submitting a few for review. Robert McClenon (talk) 16:51, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
  45. Rocky 734 (talk · contribs) I'm interested in editing errors in Wikipedia articles specially spelling mistakes. 07:38, 19 February 2019 (UTC)


New articles to be adopted[edit]

Please feel free to list your own Abandoned Drafts-here (newer articles at the top, please), along with a short description of what work is necessary. If you would like to adopt one of these articles, please feel free to move them to your own subspace and remove them from this list.

  • User:Closeapple/new/List of popular non-English songs in English-speaking culture: Self-created, and has about a dozen major examples, but I haven't touched it since 2014. It appears to be a notable subject, regardless of size, and although "popular" is a bit subjective, bloat should be preventable by enforcing Wikipedia's general citation requirements to prove that the song was widely-recognized. Right now the external links are the sources, since I hadn't gotten very far; they should be converted to inline citations. Then the list can expand from there. (I'm OK with it staying in my userspace, or being moved to main article space, or whatever; even though I haven't worked on it recently, I don't consider it a dead-end page.) --Closeapple (talk) 21:22, 5 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Draft:Teenage Hooker Became a Killing Machine. Just moved this out of my user space as I don't intend to work on it any further. Basically just an infobox and a list of external links which might be used as references. Some of the links are now dead but hopefully some of them have been archived. PC78 (talk) 16:24, 16 June 2016 UTC)
  • User:Maplestrip/Quotative like *mdash; A mostly empty article I created quite a long while ago. I think the article could easily be expanded to something interesting, but... I somehow just can't do it. If someone feels like taking this on, feel free to ask me to format the sources in a better way or translate the Dutch source - I'd be happy to help out, but just can't get myself to work out the sources into prose text for some reason :s ~Mable (chat) 08:08, 1 March 2016 (UTC)
  • User:Davidhof/sandbox/Justina Pelletier forced-hospitalization controversy. Justina Pelletier forced-hospitalization controversy. List of references is essentially complete (over 20 mostly non-overlapping published sources). Article outlined, and first sections written, some others summarised. Thanks to anyone who can adopt; I cannot return to in the foreseeable future.Davidhof (talk) 19:11, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

**Draft:Renal portal system Needs a lot more references, and I don't think I'll have the time or energy to really work on it in the future. Whoop whoop pull up Bitching Betty | Averted crashes 20:09, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Moved to mainspace. --Bbarmadillo (talk) 19:51, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Articles that have been adopted[edit]

Review and assessment[edit]




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